Monday, 17 September 2007

I started the day today with the Leadership Team for our regular fortnightly meeting...

The Strategy Managers are a great team... bright, capable, focused and totally committed to our mission here in Leeds. The challenge we face is how we coach 17000 colleagues to greatness. Impossible the sceptics chorus but all it requires is simplicity, persistence and clarity. It demands each of us to focus on what is vital and to eliminate all of the distractions.

After six years of research, I'm absolutely convinced that if we just focus our attention on the right things and stop doing the irrelevant things that consume so much time and energy we can create an amazing effect without increasing the number of hours we work. I'm also convinced that this applies to whatever we're engaged in, including our personal and private lives.

So long as we can choose the people we want to put on our own bus, each of us can create a team of brilliant colleagues. Each of us can take our own area of work and can concentrate on moving it from OK to good to brilliant. Focus on results, tackle mediocrity and create a massive impact within your own area of responsibility.

By the way it doesn't really matter whether everyone gets it. It only matters that you and I do. Now, it's time to get to work.

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